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  • JEFFALL JEFFALL Feb 5, 2013 19:28 Flag

    Will Bale succumb to the media hype?

    Personally John,i prefer us to play with the 2 wide men.
    But only if they have pace and the ability to go get past defenders with confidence which currently Bale and Lennon can do.
    I'm hoping that Holtby might be encouraged to cover the left hand side(if playing) when Bale goe's on one of his runs which still gives alternatives on both sides,should he get blocked off by 2 or 3 defenders as he does seem to drag half of the opposition with him.
    As you've already mentioned,Lennon doesn't seem to possess a pair of shooting boots and unless he finds apair in the near future should stay wide as normal and continue as he is with his crossing into the box for others to get on the end of.
    Sadly none of our midfield seem able to strike the ball as crisp as the lkes of Gerrard and Lampard who seem to get on the score sheet quite often(especially Lamps).
    I was hoping that Dembele was going to be an improvement on Modric's tally but to my knowledge his debut goal is the only one.
    Yes we get the odd one here and there from the others,but aren't the midfield players the one's with all the skill and should all be able to find the back of the net like Mata of Chelsea but sadly this is not the case at the LANE.
    Our goal tally looks pretty poor to the 3 teams above us and even the Arse and so shooting practice should definately be on our agenda as i can't remember the last time we scored 3 goals or more.
    So it's shooting pactice or a very good striker for me.


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    • I also tend to prefer Bale wide. I have liked wing play since the formation used to be 2-3-5. To me it gives the opposition more of a problem as it allows the 10 player space. BUT, I still want to see Bale (and Lemmon) rack up >10 goals each a season!

      I see Joe has posted about Glyphi and giving him a go - and the 'medja' is now talking of Bale playing the Messi role. Personally, I think we leaped into the market last summer without a clear idea of what we wanted or needed. So now we have Holtby/Glyphy/Dempsey at least vying for the 10'ish role, with maybe also Ade and Bale in the frame.
      I suppose part of the problem is temporarily gone given Daffy's forced absence, but I wonder whether AVB will toy with the idea of playing Bale central (behind Ade) with Holtby/Dempsey/Glyphy then left.

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      • We've all been talking about St Gareth of Bale a lot recently, and I think I've started to come round. In an ideal world I think I would prefer him to have a strict manager who keeps him firmly on the wing with his main purpose being provider, but that's not what's happening at the moment and while he's got his goal boots on we might as well take advantage of it.

        That said, while he's going for individual gold at every opportunity he is not fulling the function of a winger, and so shouldn't be playing in one of the team's 'provider' positions. I'd preferably put him at AM rather than 2nd striker, but either of those would do - realistically it means taking the place of Dempsey or Dembele, gut says Demspey but formation says Dembele.

        so an attacking line up of (on current fitness):
        Sigurdsson-Parker (I prefer him to Sandro, but it's close)-Bale-Lennon

        Or - once Defoe's back this may work:


        Long term he should move back to wing for sure, but for now let's put him in the position he's playing instead of congesting the team.